Thursday, June 4, 2015

Naturopathy 'Modernization' Bill 6797 NOT Passed in Connecticut This 2015, Apparently [cricket, cricket]

here, as far as I can tell, the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association [CNPA] didn't get its way as a) the legislative session is over for the Connecticut General Assembly [see 001., below] and b) there was significant opposition!!! [see 002. and 003., below:

001. at, we're told:

"2015 legislative session [...] adjourns June 3rd."

it is now June 4th, and CNPA has nothing to say on their Facebook page nor their own web portal.


"thank you for the opportunity to provide this testimony to you today in opposition to House 6797 An Act Concerning The Practice Of Naturopathy [...] naturopaths now seek to remove the foundation of their practice of mechanical and material sciences and replace it with the ability to practice physical and therapeutic sciences. This change might be seemingly small but the potential impact is significant. Use of the word 'therapeutic,' particularly when undefined as in HB 6797, could have significant implications and should not be overlooked, especially if it is intended to represent a deviation in philosophy from the promotion of the natural restorative and healing properties of the body toward active intervention in the healing process, the traditional domain of medical science as practiced by medical doctors. We have serious issues with the co-mingling of divergent health care philosophies [...] please oppose House Bill 6797."

weird.  Of course, naturopaths would use homeopathy, which is completely NOT science and call it "therapeutic sciences" as they call it "clinical science" on their board exam.  Of course, all things naturopaths do that are meant to change what's going on with a patient are "active interventions" of some kind.  So, weird.  I would argue that modern medicine is NOT a philosophy at all, it is science-based as opposed to the sectarianism that is naturopathy.  If it is a philosophy, it is a philosophy of a posteriori empiricism aka modern science as an epistemic base, as opposed to naturopathy's a priori idealism, supernaturalism, and metaphysicalism.

003. and I hope my Naturocrit Podcast Episode 009, which I sent to both the CT legislature and the CT medical society, helped end this bill this session.
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